With its steep wooded hills and hidden valleys, its picture-perfect villages and peaceful market towns, East Hampshire is one of the loveliest parts of rural England.

Country parks

Historic houses and gardens

Museums and galleries

  • The Oates Museum (Gilbert White's House) commemorates Captain Lawrence Oates who died on Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole
  • The Curtis Museum in Alton chronicles the area's history while The Allen Gallery houses a superb collection of decorative arts.
  • Bedales Olivier Theatre is an award-winning venue for musical and theatrical events
  • Petersfield Museum displays the area’s rich heritage and the paintings of local artist Flora Twort and hosts the Edward Thomas Study Centre
  • At Grayshott Pottery visitors are invited to take a tour of the pottery
  • Rural Life Centre, the largest countryside museum collection in the south of England

Sports and leisure

Family attractions


Petersfield Market takes place in the Town Square, in the heart of the town centre. The market is held every Wednesday and Saturday between 8am and 4pm. There are 35 pitches, with stalls selling a wide variety of quality foods and goods.

For information and stall availability for these markets, please contact the market operator Bryant Bros by email on trader@petersfieldmarket.info or call 08438 869 550.

There are also regular Farmers' Markets run by Hampshire Farmers' Markets in Alton and Petersfield.

The rest of Hampshire

Find out about the wide variety of places to visit throughout Hampshire on the Visit Hampshire website.